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Register now and save up to $200 Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 5 Day FREE Trial Study Smarter, Not Harder Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code ## Our radical new keyboard called Wave KB just attracted tagged by: Brent@GMATPrepNow This topic has 4 expert replies and 3 member replies aditya8062 Legendary Member Joined 23 Jan 2012 Posted: 774 messages Followed by: 14 members Thanked: 46 times #### Our radical new keyboard called Wave KB just attracted Sun May 25, 2014 4:22 am Elapsed Time: 00:00 • Lap #[LAPCOUNT] ([LAPTIME]) POLI spokesman: Our radical new keyboard called Wave KB just attracted a funding of$120 million. The keyboard has soft rubber keys which can bend and shape a tune, the way you can bend the strings on a guitar. Therefore, it’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards.

Critic: You can bend notes on a regular piano as well. Just open up the top and pull on the string. So, this keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot.

Which of the following indicates the manner in which the critic responds to the statement of the POLI spokesman?

A. He praises the capabilities of the new keyboard but concludes that it doesn’t go far enough.
B. He questions the utility of the new keyboard and concludes that it’s not required.
C. He questions the utility of the new keyboard but agrees that it could be useful in some situations.
D. He ignores the conclusion of the spokesman and presents a conclusion of his own.
E. He refutes the conclusion of the spokesman and outlines a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced.

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POLI spokesman: Our radical new keyboard called Wave KB just attracted a funding of $120 million. The keyboard has soft rubber keys which can bend and shape a tune, the way you can bend the strings on a guitar. Therefore, it’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards. Critic: You can bend notes on a regular piano as well. Just open up the top and pull on the string. So, this keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot. Which of the following indicates the manner in which the critic responds to the statement of the POLI spokesman? A. He praises the capabilities of the new keyboard but concludes that it doesn’t go far enough. B. He questions the utility of the new keyboard and concludes that it’s not required. C. He questions the utility of the new keyboard but agrees that it could be useful in some situations. D. He ignores the conclusion of the spokesman and presents a conclusion of his own. E. He refutes the conclusion of the spokesman and outlines a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced. What's the source of this question? The language seems a little clunky (e.g., "attracted a funding" and "a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced") Okay, onto the response... The POLI spokesman concludes that the keyboard is a radical departure. The critic concludes that the keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot. In other words, the critic is saying that the new keyboard is NOT a radical departure. Since the critic is saying that the spokesman's conclusion is wrong, we can narrow things down to D or E. D seems pretty straightforward and it seems to neatly summarize the critic's position. I'm not entirely sure what E is saying ("a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced)" Go with simplicity and select D Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson – Founder of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Check out the online reviews of our course GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMAT’s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! aditya8062 Legendary Member Joined 23 Jan 2012 Posted: 774 messages Followed by: 14 members Thanked: 46 times Sun May 25, 2014 5:40 am but if the critic is saying :"So, this keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot"----->so effectively he is refuting the conclusion of the "POLI spokesman",after all what is the conclusion of "POLI spokesman"? the conclusion of "POLI spokesman" is "it’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards. " ### GMAT/MBA Expert Brent@GMATPrepNow GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 10757 messages Followed by: 1212 members Thanked: 5140 times GMAT Score: 770 Sun May 25, 2014 5:49 am aditya8062 wrote: but if the critic is saying :"So, this keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot"----->so effectively he is refuting the conclusion of the "POLI spokesman",after all what is the conclusion of "POLI spokesman"? the conclusion of "POLI spokesman" is "it’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards. " I agree that the critic is refuting the POLI spokesman's conclusion. However, I'm not convinced that the second part (outlines a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced) accurately represents the critic's words. I did some research and found the question on a different GMAT forum. The question was created by a member on the site, which explains some of the wording issues. If I were you, I'd skip this question and find some questions that are more representative of official GMAT questions. Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson – Founder of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Check out the online reviews of our course GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMAT’s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! aditya8062 Legendary Member Joined 23 Jan 2012 Posted: 774 messages Followed by: 14 members Thanked: 46 times Sun May 25, 2014 5:59 am Quote: I agree that the critic is refuting the POLI spokesman's conclusion yeah Brent that's exactly the point i wanted to confirm. Quote: However, I'm not convinced that the second part (outlines a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced) accurately represents the critic's words. well Brent ,for this i think the critic did say : You can bend notes on a regular piano as well. Just open up the top and pull on the string---->this indeed seems a new method by which the requirement of new keyboard seems reduced Quote: If I were you, I'd skip this question and find some questions that are more representative of official GMAT questions honestly i do believe that self made questions mostly end up as BAD questions unless made by some experts and frankly i didn't glance that question for more than 45 sec .however i was dismayed when the creator of this question rejected the notion that the Poli's conclusion is not refuted by the critic !! for that reason i wanted a more neutral opinion on this question but anyway thanks for chiming in ### GMAT/MBA Expert Brent@GMATPrepNow GMAT Instructor Joined 08 Dec 2008 Posted: 10757 messages Followed by: 1212 members Thanked: 5140 times GMAT Score: 770 Sun May 25, 2014 6:04 am For me, the main issue comes down to the word "requirement" What exactly is "the requirement of the new keyboard?" What does the new keyboard require? Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson – Founder of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Check out the online reviews of our course GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMAT’s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! Kamal2014 Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 12 May 2014 Posted: 22 messages GMAT Score: 730 Wed May 28, 2014 7:30 pm Hi Brent, The critic is mentioning an already existing option which will render the new keyboard's functionality useless. So is he not outlining a method which reduces this keyboard's utility. Please clarify this point. So isn't the answer E ? Thanks in advance. Brent@GMATPrepNow wrote: aditya8062 wrote: POLI spokesman: Our radical new keyboard called Wave KB just attracted a funding of$120 million. The keyboard has soft rubber keys which can bend and shape a tune, the way you can bend the strings on a guitar. Therefore, it’s a genuinely radical departure from normal keyboards.

Critic: You can bend notes on a regular piano as well. Just open up the top and pull on the string. So, this keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot.

Which of the following indicates the manner in which the critic responds to the statement of the POLI spokesman?

A. He praises the capabilities of the new keyboard but concludes that it doesn’t go far enough.
B. He questions the utility of the new keyboard and concludes that it’s not required.
C. He questions the utility of the new keyboard but agrees that it could be useful in some situations.
D. He ignores the conclusion of the spokesman and presents a conclusion of his own.
E. He refutes the conclusion of the spokesman and outlines a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced.
What's the source of this question? The language seems a little clunky (e.g., "attracted a funding" and "a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced")

Okay, onto the response...

The POLI spokesman concludes that the keyboard is a radical departure.
The critic concludes that the keyboard doesn't do anything which a regular keyboard cannot. In other words, the critic is saying that the new keyboard is NOT a radical departure.

Since the critic is saying that the spokesman's conclusion is wrong, we can narrow things down to D or E.
D seems pretty straightforward and it seems to neatly summarize the critic's position.
I'm not entirely sure what E is saying ("a method through which the requirement of the new keyboard is reduced)"

Go with simplicity and select D

Cheers,
Brent

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Kamal2014 wrote:
Hi Brent,
The critic is mentioning an already existing option which will render the new keyboard's functionality useless. So is he not outlining a method which reduces this keyboard's utility. Please clarify this point. So isn't the answer E ?

I agree with most of what you're saying. I wouldn't say that the new keyboard's functionality is "useless." It's still a useful feature, but it's just not that special/unique.

All I'm saying is that the wording of answer choice E doesn't make any sense to me. What is "the requirement of the new keyboard?" What does the new keyboard require?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this question was created by a forum user. I believe that it has some clarity issues that an official GMAT question would not have.

So, rather than discuss it any further, I suggest that GMAT prepsters ignore this question and move on to other, more GMAT-like, questions.

Cheers,
Brent

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